Civil and Environmental Engineering

Kerry McPhedranKerry McPhedran stands beside a warning sign posted on a lifeguard stand at Sandpoint Beach. The post-doctoral fellow believes predictive modelling may be a better way to determine whether beaches should be closed to swimmers.

Predictive modelling may be better way to determine beach closures, researcher believes

Post-doctoral fellow Kerry McPhedran believes predictive modelling may be a better way to determine if beaches ought to be closed to bathers.
Mariam Hamadani, Khaled Alhakim, Felipe Paramo and Darius Ghib holding bridgeStudents display their model bridge, winner for most creative design: Mariam Hamadani, Khaled Alhakim, Felipe Paramo and Darius Ghib.

Competition bridges gap between theory and practice

Third-year civil engineering students learned a lot in a competition to design and build a model bridge—and watch it destroyed to test its strength.
Students pose with their popsicle stick bridgeThe winners of last year’s popsicle sticks bridge competition—Josh Mailloux, Ismaeel Babur, Eric Sylvestre and Evan Reidel—show off their arched design, which held more than 4800 newtons (almost 1,100 pounds) while weighing just over 1100 grams.

Model competition to test engineering students’ bridge-building skills

The public is invited to watch engineering students test the strength of their model bridges on Wednesday.

Biomass fuel researcher to present findings in India

Producing fuels from under-utilized biomass instead of fossil based feedstock is an effective means of alleviating concerns about climate change and energy security, according to an engineering professor who will present his research at a conference in India this week.

“These are the major factors driving our search for cheap renewable energy sources,” said Jerald Lalman, a professor in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Renewable energy prof's predictions for 2030 available in podcast

A video podcast of a lecture featuring engineering professor Rupp Carriveau and his predictions for what life will be like in Ontario in 2030 is now available on line.

Dr. Carriveau, whose expertise is in renewable sources of energy, is the university’s representative in a campaign called Research Matters. Organized by the Council of Ontario Universities, its aim is to increase public awareness about the importance of university level research.

Audit turns up additional opportunities for recycling

Sorting through the University’s garbage can be a little disheartening, says Taylor Purdy.

A master’s student of environmental engineering, she combed through a pile of trash Friday outside the maintenance compound on Union Avenue, conducting an audit of the waste produced on campus.

“At least half of this could have been recycled,” Purdy said. “It’s especially sad because this pile comes from the Centre for Engineering Innovation, a LEED-certified building where we are not recycling like we could be.”